I’d love to tell you that my weekend was awesome, but it wasn’t. I won’t bore you with details, let’s just say it was a series of frustrating little things that by last night had me wanting to just put on the television, make some popcorn, and have a good beer. That’s not what I did though. Instead, I climbed onto my spin bike and worked out for an hour before bed. It wasn’t the fun choice, but it was the better choice.
As I shared last week, last year I exercised on 305 days. There were lots of days like yesterday when I didn’t want to run, bike, or do any structured workout. I forced myself to make the better choice on those days. By the end of the year I was down nearly 40lbs from where I was at the start. All of those small choices to workout instead of watching Friends for the 1000th time (yes, I love the “We Were on a Break!” episode too) or to eat carrot sticks instead of Fritos add to big changes over time.
The challenge for this week complements the month-long Junk Free January challenge. The challenge is to think about the small choices that you can make during your day that can add up to big changes over time. A great example of this is when you’re tempted to indulge in that junk snack, just think “why am I doing this and what will I gain?” For me, that usually keeps me from falling into the junk food. You might have another temptation that you’re fighting, but thinking about the choice might be enough to help you make the better choice.